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Pfizer reveals third major data breach

Pfizer confirms that it has been subject to another data theft of staff details

Pfizer has confirmed that it has been subject to another data theft of staff details.

Personal information relating to up to 34,000 of its staff was stolen by a former employee of the company in 2006, but the US-based company only discovered the breach in July 2007.

In a letter to its staff, Pfizer said: "So far there is no indication that any unauthorised person has used or is misusing the information that was removed from Pfizer. We have notified law enforcement and have retained Identity Safeguards, a specialist in identity theft protection, to provide you with two years of protection and restoration services free of charge."

The theft is the third such breach Pfizer has admitted to since June 2007. The company said that it may have lost the details of 17,000 employees earlier in the year when peer-to-peer software was used on one of its computers.

In a separate incident in July 2007, two company laptops with staff details were stolen from a car.

The company is facing criticism for its slow response to the data breaches. Despite finding out about the attack in early July, employees were only told six weeks later that their personal data could have been compromised.

30th September 2008

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